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Sailing Through Life...-bookcover

By: Nick Ardley

Sailing Through Life...

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When Nick Ardley asked for a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, the aftershocks of a prostate cancer diagnosis were momentous. Frightened, he said he was too young to die. Petrified, he understandably broke down. But all was not lost: his family and the boat shared with his wife were soon at work repairing his life.

A life-long sailor, the salt marsh fringed waters of the greater Thames estuary had always enthralled, and it was to them he went for healing. It’s a place where in the free flow of a saline breeze his mind cleared, and he began treating it all as just another little illness. Like a cold, he said, knowing full well it wasn’t! Sailing up the River Thames, he announced to his wife his choice of the medical directions offered. Later, after mooring off Gravesend, both cried together.

Ardley’s treatment overlapped the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the serious stuff was done and dusted. The pandemic brought new trials. The couple were frighteningly threatened by a fellow yachtsman who disliked an Ardley web blog … the horror of that summer has remained fresh.

Throughout the telling of Ardley’s tales, his story, sailing with family and friends, country walking and living life, he has maintained a normality. Perhaps a familiar story, but it comes with a warning: Men, get yourselves tested before it’s too late!

So, onwards he goes, sailing through life…

Nick was brought up on an active Thames spritsail barge on the River Medway, Kent. Following training as an engineer officer cadet with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, he rose through the ranks until medically retired in 1999. Nick married Christobel in 1978 and they soon bought their first boat. Upon leaving the sea, Nick retrained and worked with adults with special needs. During leaves and holiday periods sailing aboard their beloved Whimbrel and walking have been jointly enjoyed. Writing about his childhood spawned a series of coastal books. Sailing and ‘living’ life are his main interests.

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  • Richard & Sue

    I've just finished reading your latest book that you kindly posted to me before Christmas. Personally, I think it is the best of all your great works and was a real page turner. The advice that you give about prostate cancer and regular checks - I have my annual blood test for it on the 18th - is so important and I just hope that your readers take proper notice and follow up with their own checks. As you might imagine, both Sue and I greatly miss Greenwitch (the couple's last yacht) and the east coast and so your writings take on an even greater value to us both as our sailing life recedes further into the past. The wonderful thing about all your books is their ability to be read and re-read again and again without losing any of their charm. In that sense, they compare very much with Maurice Griffith, H. Alker Tripp and, of course, the great Frank Cowper. We both send to the two of you our very best wishes and our heartfelt hope that you now remain fit and well.

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